My husband and I decided to have an upscale pizza and beer date night with his homebrew Saison and a grilled pizza in the backyard. My husband is the chef in the family. I love to bake cookies and muffins but if I’m in charge of dinner it is usually Mac and Cheese. So we can thank him for this Grilled Margherita Pizza tutorial.

Grilled Pizza Square

He has been working in kitchens and restaurants for most of his adult life so he knows a thing or two about cooking. He loves to “teach” me how to cook and I actually learned a lot about grilling pizza from him which I will share with you.

My husband loves to cook with fun gadgets in the kitchen. I learn something new from him every day!


Store bought dough
Mozzarella cheese shredded
Spaghetti sauce
Red onions


How to

I bought the ingredients at the store and decided to use store bought dough since it is just so easy! But if you want something a little more homemade you can try either of these recipes:

Neapolitan Pizza Dough

The Best Pizza Dough Recipe

He separated the dough into two pieces. So we actually made two pizzas which is a plus if you wanted different toppings than your date (or kids). He rolled out the dough until it was about 1/4 inch thick.

All this time the grill was heating up on the patio. Then we had a bit of a scare – a grease fire!


This is what the fire looked like after he dumped salt on it. Tip #1 – do not put water on a grease fire. Use something like salt or baking soda or flour to put out the flames. Baking soda would be best.

Be sure you clean your BBQ regularly so you don’t have a grease fire too. Here is Tip #2 – instructions on cleaning your grill.

When the BBQ was clean and reheated – we pre-grilled the pizza for a few minutes to cook the dough and add some fabulous grill marks. This blew my mind – so here is Tip #3. Pre-grill your pizza dough so you can cook the dough completely without over cooking your toppings.

Process 2

After the dough is pre-grilled, it is time to add your toppings. A classic Margherita pizza is topped with mozzarella, tomatoes and basil. Instead of a tomato based sauce, I minced about 3-4 cloves of garlic and spread that over the dough with 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil.

We placed the pizza back on the grill in the center, with only the outer burners lit – not the one directly under the pizza. So there was not a flame directly under the pizza. Then we closed the lid for a few minutes so the cheese melted.

Once the pizza is done, slice it up and serve! We had ice cold Saison home brewed beer that my husband made. We get so little time that is just for us, it was nice to savor the few minutes of eating pizza and enjoying each other’s company.

After dinner we picked up our daughters from daycare. Our mini-date night wasn’t long, or expensive or even somewhere other than our house. You don’t need to plan out a date night, you can take advantage of an hour here or there to spend some quality time together.

date night

Grilled Margherita Pizza

Grilled Margherita Pizza


  • Store bought dough
  • Mozzarella cheese shredded
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Basil
  • Tomatoes
  • Red onions


  1. Clean your grill
  2. Start the grill and get it hot
  3. Roll out the dough
  4. Pre-grill the pizza dough lightly
  5. Add toppings
  6. Grill in the center and shut the lid
  7. Slice and Enjoy!
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9 Comments on Grilled Margherita Pizza

  1. Theresa @DearCreatives
    July 19, 2015 at 3:17 pm (2 years ago)

    Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party! Pinned & shared. Always great to see what your up to Kristen.

  2. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets
    July 18, 2015 at 4:06 pm (2 years ago)

    Aw, I wish we had a grill! This recipe looks so easy but really creative too…love homemade pizza! Found you at the SITS Sharefest!

  3. Audrey
    July 18, 2015 at 11:04 am (2 years ago)

    Grilled pizza is one of my favorites. Great tip to wrap the dough around the rolling pin to help get it on the grill.

    Thanks for sharing on Tasty Tuesdays, hope to see you back next week.

  4. DIStherapy
    July 18, 2015 at 8:17 am (2 years ago)

    I always overcook my dough while waiting for the toppings to cook through; your tips will solve that. Thank you! #SITSBlogging

  5. Beverly
    July 18, 2015 at 6:44 am (2 years ago)

    This looks delicious! Pinning and planning on trying. Thanks for sharing on Snickerdoodle Sunday. Hope to see you for the party today at 5:00.

  6. Lauren @ Mom Home Guide
    July 6, 2015 at 10:46 am (2 years ago)

    Hi, Kristen! Your pizzas look terrific! I will have to try your recipe — I love cooking on the grill!

    • Kristen Miller
      July 7, 2015 at 8:30 am (2 years ago)

      It is so easy and not much clean up, which is the best!

  7. Terri Oliver Steffes
    July 6, 2015 at 6:41 am (2 years ago)

    There is so much to love about this post! I love all the tips, some of those I hadn’t heard of and cannot wait to try. Next, that you incorporated Love and Romance into the challenge! Yippee! Always the right thing to do! Thanks for participating! You are a wonderful blogger!

    • Kristen Miller
      July 7, 2015 at 8:30 am (2 years ago)

      I love spending time with my husband and cooking with him.


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